American Idol Top 8 – "Shout to the Lord"

American Idol Top 8 Shout to the Lord

I really liked the performance of “Shout To the Lord” by the Top 8 American Idol contestants on Idol Gives Back last night.  Watch the performance:

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    • Gerry Toczek

      I would like to weigh in on the topic of free will and God’s role in all of this. I believe everyone that does not view God in a cookie cutter, grandma said He was this way so that’s what I will bias in when I read the bible way will have questions about why. Why would a loving God tell the Israelites to kill off neighboring people and kill every man, woman and child? Why would God put a tree in the garden having foreknowledge (spelling?) that it would condemn many people to eternal torment as well as so much suffering and pain in life. I agree with you David that God DOES have editorial control. Romans 9:15-24 says: 15For he says to Moses,
      “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
      and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

      19One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” 20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

      22What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? This is a heavy portion of scripture that I must confess I don’t have a full grasp of myself but several points remain clear. God is sovereign meaning he has complete control. Knew the end from the beginning. But where I differ is the matter of fault. Just because God knew it was going to happen does not mean that he is unjust or at fault. I don’t believe we can look to our fallen system of justice as an example of how God works either because as we can all agree his ways are not our ways and are so much higher. I do not see God’s placing a tree in the garden as bad parenting because I don’t see Adam and Eve as little children that have no understanding but more like adolescents or even grown children. A warning to stay away from a bush to a child who has no concept of what a snake is or the consequences of their actions is much different than telling a teenager or your adult child to stay away. God told them their boundaries and allowed them to make their mistakes to allow them to mature the same way a loving parent will let their children make mistakes after warning them so they will grow up. The question still remains did God choose to allow some to go unto death and eternal judgment? The answer is yes. But as Romans 9:14 declare What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! Because before the foundation of the world he chose to create us and then knowing that we could never truly love him fully without choice gave us one. But knowing that we would screw up he predetermined to send himself to take our screw ups on his shoulders. This shows all the facets of his nature. He is love but he is also supreme justice. He is Merciful but he is also holy. He is a passionate lover but he is also a jealous lover and will not and CANNOT tolerate any other lovers to take his place! Through all of this God will make his power known! We are the objects of his affection. At least that is my thought process up to this point. God bless

    • Alexia Ioannides

      All that matters is that God’s Spirit is moving across the airwaves, even with the politically correct agenda of Idol, God is moving. As Christians, let’s be happy, and stop nitpicking about the minors. Let’s look at the bigger picture here. Even if one person was led to Christ, the song was worth bring sung, omitted Name and all.

    • Lindsay

      Amen to Heather and David! You all are amazing! And that performance was amazing as well! God Bless

    • cheryl

      I have spent some time reading reactions to “Shout to the Lord” on Idol last week – and shame on us “Christians” – no wonder we are so ineffective in this world. We can’t agree on anything. It’s a good thing God doesn’t have to get our permission before He steps out of OUR box! That amazing song speaks of the One & only True God – Jesus, Shepherd, Saviour, Tower of Refuge & Strength, Lord, Comfort, Shelter, King – not other god even comes close. God is also sovereign. He does work in mysterious & surprising ways & the message of that song will hit its mark. You have His Word on that!

    • V. Barbour

      There is Power in the Name of Jesus, our Saviour, who has many names, one of which is Shepherd. Read the Book of Books (The Holy Bible) and you will find His many names. His
      name is above all names, and He turns anything
      meant for evil into good according to His will. He
      uses the unsaved to spread His truths. Hallelujah!! Glory to His Name!!
      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
      Savior, Savior, Savior
      Healer, Healer, Healer
      I’m a believer in His loe and Power Divine!!!

    • http://none jeebus

      ummm…why would you be upset? They also did the version with jesus.

      Don’t believe me see for yourself:

    • bem

      ..nice song..!!!!!!i Love it..!!!!!!!!!

    • BHOYc

      AI or America/Hollywood is crossing the line!
      pray for them. welcome them. we love to hear more christian song perform in the hollyhood stage. “Lord there is none like You” whom you think they are referring too? some of them may not understand it, but It is an amazing thing, you know why….”even the rocks cries out” you think rocks have understanding. we welcome you American Idol! God bless america!

    • shenn.

      When I heard they were singing this song I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe that such an important secular tv programe was proclaiming God’s love through a christian song. Who knows how many people converted to Jesus that night and later by downloading it.
      I don’t agree with those who say their motives weren’t true and started judging them. You should first look inside your hearts instead of judging people without even knowing what their motives are. Cause even if they changed the word Jesus for Shephard, as you should already know, the Bible says that Jesus/Lord/God is our Shephard. You should be thankful they sang a christian song proclaiming God’s power instead of singing other song proclaiming who knows what.
      And in any case, if their motives weren’t true the only one who is going to jugde them or anybody else is God, not us. PLESE READ THIS ONE, PHILIPPIANS 1:17-19

    • John

      Hey! why did they cut the line where the name of Jesus was there. Whose Lord are you referring here? That song was made for worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ. Not for publicity only. You better hear the original song.

    • Melissa

      Check out this edited verson on that they did, the following night. The original songwriter had then correct it.
      Very cool. I pray that people saw it and heard the correct version.

    • Ella

      Hi, interesting how once the name of Jesus is discussed, the BIG Questions come up: suffering, who is God, what is truth etc. Why is Christianity different from other religions? Because only Christians dare to believe that their main human protagonist is also God! And yes, He was Jewish.
      And I expected some Jewish person to point out that although Christians have been singing versions of “Shout to the Lord all the earth” for almost 2000 years, the song comes from the Psalms. Old Testament.
      Maybe the question to ask is not, why did Idols leave the name of Jesus out, but, why did the Church put it in?